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2009 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (12%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (16%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 243 repairs.

2009 Subaru Forester repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (60%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 50 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Mar 2008 - Mar 2013
Apr 2008

1000 mi

US $10
Overhead light assembly wires squeaked against housing. Added separators and silicon lubricant to reduce noise. 
Aug 2008

4000 mi
HVAC blower motor generated clicking noise after warmup. 
Sep 2008

4000 mi
Clicking HVAC fan motor. This was replaced per warranty. 
Dec 2008

6000 mi
Rebuilt upper light console with silicon components, and added silicon seal between headliner fasten point, holding snap, and metal roof assembly, to get rid of creaking due to temperature changes. 
Jan 2009

6000 mi
Dealer added additional door insulation to stop rattles but damaged driver door tweeter in process. Followup appointment was scheduled. Rear fender paint gravel shields too small. TSB authorized larger ones as replacements. Technician damaged new parts on installation. Service writer scheduled 2nd install with body shop (covered by warranty). Loaner vehicle to be provided. Larger paint gravel shields successfully fitted and installed. 
Feb 2009

7000 mi
Paint has worn off inside of drivers armrest. Service provider took picture, is requesting feedback from service manager as to whether paint is warranty item. 
Mar 2009

7000 mi
Paint had worn off inside of door arm rest. Arm rest was replaced. 
Jul 2010

22300 mi
Side airbag brackets causing clunks/rattles in rear of vehicle. Dealer performed TSB to correct problem. 
Oct 2010

25000 mi
Gas cap broke and no longer sealed tank, causing check engine light to come on. Was replaced under warranty - no further problems with fuel system. rattles under rear seat. bolts tightened, rear seat realigned. 
Feb 2011

29000 mi
Left front visor was not staying in position. Visor was replaced with improved model. Rough shifting transmission. Was told Forester transmissions often become rough with wear and that the shifting fell within factory specifications. 
May 2011

30000 mi
Transmission shifts had become excessively rough. Reset transmission controller to default state so it could relearn shifting. Transmission shifting reverted to what it was when car was new - relatively smooth. 
Jan 2012

43000 mi
brake light in rear replaced 
Mar 2013

52000 mi
rattles from rear interior of vehicle, mainly when rear of vehicle went over bumps. 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in New Hampshire, United States
Jul 2008 - Aug 2014
Apr 2009

12000 mi
Car would turn over but would not start. Towed to dealer, where it promptly started up. Dealer checked charging system, but made no repair. Problem has not occurred since. 
Jul 2012

60000 mi
Repaired loose exhaust heat shield 
Mar 2013

67000 mi

US $28
Sway bar links were worn, replaced. 
Jun 2014

89000 mi

US $24
Valve cover gasket leak - oil leaking into spark plug well caused ignition failure. 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
Dec 2008

7000 mi
Went in to have the ipod jack fixed, it had never worked since the day the car was purchased, apparently a wire had not been correctly connected so they fixed it for free and it works fine now 
Dec 2009

28000 mi
The stick shift frequently sticks and refuses to go into reverse. Dealership says that it's just the nature of the transmission and there's nothing they can do. 
Subaru Forester in Alberta, Canada
May 2008 - Sep 2015
Mar 2009

7440 mi
Sometimes a crackle noise when in cold conditions, but cannot be replicated very easy. Will see what happens next winter. 
Aug 2010

21700 mi
Factory CD player sometimes lost track of cd's (what song it was at before I turned vehicle off) then would go back to the start of cd when vehicle turned on. Very random when it happened but annoying. CD player replaced. 
Sep 2014

52700 mi

C $100
sway bar links broken 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2014
Mar 2009

3000 mi
Front doors were rattling madly. Dash making noises. Car clanks and creaks loudly when turned off. Clicking in steering wheel when running rear wipers. Voices on radio sound buzzy. 
Mar 2010

16000 mi

US $200
Driver manual door lock stopped functioning. It would lock with the electric switch but not the manual. Determined that it was detached. Puddle lights were stuck on all the time rattle near glove box that comes and goes Rear wiper was repeatedly and predictably going into full speed when various electrical things were used and when car was turned off and on while they were on. Shop couldn't replicate and problem has stopped. 
Apr 2010

16000 mi
Central control unit was replaced after puddle lights staying on all the time and 1 not lighting. All keys were replaced to work with new control unit. 
Jun 2010

18000 mi
center armrest fell apart. I took it to dealer and they snapped it back together. Nice side effect was that one of the mysterious rattles went away with the re-assembly. 
Sep 2010

20000 mi

US $43
musty smell out of air vents 
Sep 2011

32000 mi
puddle light was replaced as it was out speakers cutting our or playing at VERY reduced volume. new radio head unit has been ordered Auto dim mirror compass no longer working. New mirror has been ordered. 
Oct 2011

34000 mi
Compass was not working. Mirror replaced. radio speakers were cutting out or playing at very reduced volume 
Aug 2013

56000 mi

US $400
running rough, flashing engine light, traction control off light was on. Found nothing. Going home from the shop the check engine, cruise control, and traction control lights on. Went back in and the catalytic converter was replaced. Replaced spark plug wires and ignition coil 
Sep 2013

56000 mi
Puddle lights out AGAIN. This time there was a recall on the car and they were replaced AGAIN 
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2008 - Aug 2011
Apr 2009

12000 mi
squeaks and rattles 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Dec 2008 - Dec 2015
Feb 2009

1000 mi
Drivers side door lock stopped functioning. Froze in either locked or unlocked position and was unable to either open door, or lock it once closed. Dealer determined the linkage between lock control and door lock became disconnected. Drivers side-view mirror is significantly distorted. After dealer ordered replacement mirror, it was determined that the factory producing the mirrors is having an issue and no good glass is available. Will replace when good part is available. 
Dec 2010

20000 mi
external temperature sensor failed. Was replaced under warranty. List price was $150. 
May 2015

55300 mi

US $150
Replace wheel hub unit include wheel bearing. Significant corrosion required removing knuckle from vehicle to press out wheel hub. Had to replace ball joint as well. 
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2010
Aug 2008

1000 mi
Rear Speakers inoperative. Speakers still not operating when radio in enhanced surround sound mode. Will be contacting manufacturer. 
Sep 2008

2000 mi
Radio replaced, rear speakers work, but sound is unsatisfactory. Spoke to manufacturer and they stated "that's the way the radio workss". nothing they can do right now. Subaru is going to try to get a better answer from Panasonic, the radio manufacturer. 
Subaru Forester in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2008 - Jun 2013
Nov 2008

9300 mi
Rattle in passenger door. 
Dec 2008

9300 mi
Rattle in driver's door, rattle around the middle rear safety belt device. 
Jan 2009

9300 mi
Replacement of the Bumper Rear step pad (stainless steel)that was not glue well. They also scratch the bumper paint when they try to take off the bumper step pad and had to paint the bumper. 
Sep 2009

19840 mi
Engine lost power. erase memory of TCM and ECM, idle learn AT transmission learning. Runs much better now. Even better than new. Rattle in the dashboard near radio and ventilation exit under radio. 
Jul 2010

29760 mi
Rattle in the dash. Same problem occur in the last part of 2009. Even now, I have to go again tomorrow.The rattle still exist. 
Sep 2010

33480 mi
Rattle in the dash: attach correctly the loose part 
Dec 2010

37200 mi
Rattle in the driver's door 
Apr 2011

42780 mi
Bushing stabilizor bars (warranty TSB), crack in the windshield, crack in the fog light,  
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
May 2008 - Dec 2015
Mar 2009

4000 mi
Tire pressure sensor light on despite tires correctly inflated; shop reset sensor system computer and light went out. 
Feb 2011

22000 mi
Leaking seal on front axle at transmission - seal ordered. Chrome peeling from badge on rear of car - replacement ordered. Badge replaced - replacement looks fine. Transmission seal on front axle replaced and leak was eliminated. CD player in audio unit not working. New unit ordered and will be installed when it arrives. 

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2009 Subaru Forester Repair Histories

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